Prayer Shawls and Homemade Quilts

  In the corner of my living room closet is a stack of handmade quilts, blankets, and throws. Some of them come from great grandmothers and were made generations ago in the rural areas of Harkey Valley and Cardon Bottoms. Others were made during my own lifetime in small homes in the growing town of
Category: Arkansas

Friday Video: “The Voice of the People,” KABF on NBC Nightly News, 1990.

In this week’s Friday Video we take a look at one of Arkansas’s most-loved community radio stations.  Little Rock, Arkansas’s KABF radio , “the voice of the people,” has been serving the community for decades.  F0llow them online and listen live here. Check out this great national profile of the station from way back in 1990.
Category: Arkansas

Uncommon Grounds: Penny University Coffee

This piece was written in partnership with ABOUT the River Valley magazine and the McElroy House: Organization for Cultural Resources and Community Action. You can view the original article here.  We write a feature piece each month for ABOUT the River Valley. Want to subscribe to this magazine? Go here.  Your subscription helps support our work! In January of this year, a new coffee business
Category: ABOUT the River Valley

Monday Music: “People Talkin’” Hurray for the Riff Raff

It’s been a while, but we’re bringing back the Monday Music series. Each Monday will feature music new and old. We’d love to hear from you. What’s one of those songs you find yourself putting on endless repeat? Here’s members of Hurry for the Riff Raff doing a cover of Lucinda Williams’s “People Talkin.’”
Category: Monday Music

VISTA Programing, Crafts Co-Op, and War on Poverty in Central Arkansas: ARVAC in Encyclopedia of Arkansas

  In the last year many of our Seed and the Story columns have focused on the history of the ARVAC (Arkansas River Valley Area Congress). Through our work via the McElroy House: Organization for Cultural Resources and Community Action we recently wrote an entry for the Encyclopedia of Arkansas History and Culture about the
Category: Arkansas

Muzzled Oxen Part 2

Last month we explored a recent book published by the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies entitled Muzzled Oxen: Reaping Cotton and Sowing Hope in 1920s Arkansas. Written by the late Genevieve Grant Sadler of California, the memoir explores her years in Yell County Arkansas where her family worked the cotton fields outside of Dardanelle. The
Category: African American History

Little Rock to Fayetteville: An Open Conversation About Collective Liberation with Omni Center

Members of the recently formed group Little Rock Collective Liberation will be visiting the Omni Center for Peace Justice and Ecology this coming Sunday to have a roundtable conversation about the larger concepts of collective liberation and the importance of building locally-based movements that work across wedge issues. Anyone interested in anti-racist work and building
Category: Arkansas

Fighting Racism in Arkansas: Get Equipped with Organizer Chris Crass

We are very excited to be working in partnership with the newly formed Little Rock Collective Liberation group to bring Nashville-based author and organizer Chris Crass to Arkansas for a series of events engaging participants in anti-racist training and discussions about what it means to work together across wedge issues (see full list of events
Category: Arkansas

Community, Youth, and Barbecue Sauce

This piece was written in partnership with ABOUT the River Valley magazine and the McElroy House: Organization for Cultural Resources and Community Action. You can view the original article here.  We write a feature piece each month for ABOUT the River Valley. Want to subscribe to this magazine? Go here.  Your subscription helps support our work! The River Valley Progressive Men’s
Category: ABOUT the River Valley

American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs

In the last column I discussed the recent publication Muzzled Oxen: Reaping Cotton and Sowing Hope in 1920s Arkansas. I promised a series of columns on that book, and I’ll be picking back up with those in the following weeks. But this week I’d like to call attention to a film that will be available
Category: African American History